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It's the SQE news we've all been waiting for. Sort of.

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has approved an application by the SRA to introduce a centralised super-exam for prospective solicitors.

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In the latest news concerning the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), it has been announced that education giant Kaplan will be the assessment organisation that develops and delivers the new ‘super exam’.

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The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has condemned a Government plan to mutually recognise international legal qualifications as part of post-Brexit trade deals.

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In a busy week for the legal watchdog, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced it is postponing the implementation of its new centralised assessment, dubbed the ‘super-exam’, until September 2021.

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Junior lawyers have penned a letter to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) demanding clarification on the protection available to junior lawyers who are subject to ‘toxic’ work environments.

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The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has removed itself from the graduate recruitment code, which stipulates the conduct expected of both employers and prospective trainees during the recruitment process.

The voluntary code of best practice outlines several different points which are designed to make the recruitment cycle fair for all participants. For instance, the code advocates that no offers should be made to students prior to the 1st September in their final year at university, that offers must be left open for at least four weeks before being withdrawn, and that a student who receives more than two offers must immediately turn down those offers which they do not wish to hold.

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The SRA has announced plans to introduce a new unified exam for assessing trainee solicitors.

The proposed assessment, named the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), will test trainees’ knowledge and skills against the SRA’s 2015 Statement of Solicitor Competence, which outlines the competencies required of newly-qualified solicitors.

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Friday, 08 January 2016 11:32

The Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme

If you’re a disillusioned barrister or a foreign lawyer keen to broaden your capabilities, the QLTS enables you to change direction and qualify as a solicitor in England & Wales.

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The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has acknowledged strong opposition as it extends the consultation on its controversial plans to introduce a unified exam for assessing trainee solicitors.

The proposed Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) is a final exam which will test trainees' knowledge and skills against the SRA's 2015 Statement of Solicitor Competence, which outlines the competencies required of newly-qualified solicitors.

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:10

SRA confirms super-exams to start in 2020

In spite of considerable hostility from the profession and legal education providers, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) announced today (25 April) that its planned Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), dubbed 'the super exam', is going ahead.

The single, centrally-set examination will come in to use from September 2020, one year later than the SRA had originally planned to release it. This will replace the existing requirements for trainee solicitors to take the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) for non-law graduates.

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